7.13. Conclusion

At this point, you have learned how to parse and generate code for expressions, Boolean expressions, and control structures. You have now learned how to develop lexical scanners, and how to incorporate their elements into a translator. You have still not seen all the elements combined into one program, but on the basis of what we've done before you should find it a straightforward matter to extend our earlier programs to include scanners.

We are very close to having all the elements that we need to build a real, functional compiler. There are still a few things missing, notably procedure calls and type definitions. We will deal with those in the next few sessions. Before doing so, however, I thought it would be fun to turn the translator above into a true compiler. That's what we'll be doing in the next installment.

Up till now, we've taken a rather bottom-up approach to parsing, beginning with low-level constructs and working our way up. In the next installment, I'll also be taking a look from the top down, and we'll discuss how the structure of the translator is altered by changes in the language definition.

See you then.